It was a fairly good night for the Conservatives in London – three of London’s eight MEPs were returned as Conservatives. Congratulations to Charles Tannock, Syed Kamall and Marina Yannakoudakis on their elections.
It’s also pleasing that the BNP did not win a seat here. Though disturbing that they managed to take two seats in the north. Personally, I’m most depressed about the seat they won in Yorkshire and Humber since that area also covers the part of Linconshire in which I was born.
The results in Wandsworth were very good for the Conservatives, where we got just over twice as many votes as the second place Labour party. In fact, it generally followed my impression from the doorstep. The Greens took third place, beating the Liberal Democrats into 4th. The BNP came seventh – and polled much worse in Wandsworth than in London as a whole, in keeping with my feeling that Wandsworth is generally an inclusive borough. They certainly have nothing like the level of support to even come close to seriously contesting a council seat.
Having said that, one BNP vote is one too many. While some are quick to condemn any BNP voter, I do not believe most are motivated by racism (a characteristic the BNP do a lot to hide) but instead because they have concerns or frustrations the main parties have failed to address. Certainly something the major parties in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber need to consider.
Parties getting more than 1,000 votes in Wandsworth were:
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